Susie Arioli - Latin Christmas
While growing up in Montreal, Susie Arioli didn’t dream of one day earning a living as a singer. Fine art was her focus and she enrolled in the drawing program at a local arts school. But she soon found academia too confining and decided to devote herself to singing, which has been more of a hobby until then.
Now, with more than ten albums and numerous Juno Award nomination to her credit, Arioli is one of Canada’s most popular jazz singers. Her big break came in 1998 when her band opened for Ray Charles at the Montreal Jazz Festival to critical praise. Arioli draws inspiration from jazz legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday.
“Le Peregrinación” (The Pilgrimage) has been popular Christmas song in Latin America since the 1960s, when Argentinians Ariel Ramirez and Félix Luna composed it. The lyrics refer to the Biblical story of Joseph and Mary as they wander through the countryside looking for a place to sleep. “Follow the trail / Cutting through the fields / There is no shelter / Keep on Walking / Little flower in the field / If no one puts you up / Where will you be born?”